Governor Gladys Wanga presided over the third Homa Bay County Revenue Roundtable bringing together various county departments and key stakeholders for a multi-sectoral brainstorming on how to achieve the county’s revenue targets and further improve revenue administration and governance.
Speaking during the meeting at the county’s headquarters today, the Governor announced a report on the Own Source Revenue (OSR) for January 2023. According to the report, a total of Kshs 72.1m was collected from various revenue streams including healthcare facilities, land rates, the transport sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), among others.
The county boss highlighted that the healthcare sector and hospitals continue to be the top contributors to the OSR, with a collection of Kshs 45.7m in January.
“Our health sector and hospitals’ contributions to the OSR show that we can all play a role in making our county self-reliant,” Wanga said.
The governor also acknowledged the ongoing challenges with the cashless system of revenue collection and efforts to curb any pilferages that may compromise the county’s revenue collection.
“As we continue to work towards a billion-shilling target, it’s crucial that we address any challenges that may hinder our revenue collection efforts. This includes sealing any pilferages and streamlining the cashless system of revenue collection.”
The governor emphasized the importance of paying rates, cesses, and other fees to make the county self-sufficient and maintain a consistent level of service delivery.
The goal of reaching a billion-shilling target remains on track, and the county government is exploring new and existing revenue streams to meet the development and service delivery needs of its people.